Jumble Answers for 02/15/2021








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  1. Good morning everyone, and happy President’s Day! Before the Oval Office was constructed in 1933, early presidents often chose to either work in rooms on the main floor of the White House, known as the State Floor, or in their private living quarters on the second floor. When Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901, he found the existing offices in the mansion insufficient to accommodate his family of six children as well as his staff, so his solution was to build a temporary office structure, later becoming known as the West Wing, at a cost of about $65,000. In 1909, President Taft expanded the building and placed the first Oval Office in the center of the structure. An electrical fire on December 24, 1929 significantly damaged the office and building, but President Hoover had it rebuilt and added some air-conditioning while he was at it. The Oval Office that we know today was built under the direction of president Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. He tasked New York architect Eric Gugler with the remodel, and directed him to find ways to create additional space without increasing the overall size of the building. Roosevelt and Gugler worked closely together, often over breakfast, with Gugler sketching out the president’s ideas. The 35’ x 29’ office was completed in 1934, and Gugler eventually stayed on to serve as consulting architect to the White House from 1934-1948.

    There weren’t any new clue words to start the week, but all of the anagrams were. GIANT was the only one that kept me guessing. I don’t know about you, but I first saw NARSIP as PARSNIP and TIKNTE as TRINKET. After the solve I noticed three of the scrambles began with the letter N. David could have easily made it four for four, but I guess that gives us something to look forward to!

    It wasn’t obvious to me where this construction project was taking place until I read the accompanying sentence. My eyes then shifted to the top of the panel and it’s there that I noticed the oval shape of the room. Jeff placed caricatures of Eric Gugler and President Roosevelt on the left side of the panel while two construction workers toil on the right. The only detail that seemed out of place to me were the floors. The Oval Office has beautiful parquet flooring that alters between light and dark woods, but in the cartoon it’s just straight lengths of flooring. The installation of flooring is usually one of the last tasks that a contractor completes, so it probably just wasn’t finished yet!

    The final solve was an anagram consisting of 11-letters. Seven of them were consonants and four were vowels. SHAPE jumped out at me first, most likely because “oval” was mentioned in the sentence. With those letters crossed out, I immediately noticed the -ing suffix and ATK in the remainder for the finish. Definitely a fun and interesting cartoon to start our week. Have a marvelous Monday, and keep Jumbling!

  2. Here are 10 Fun Facts about: The White House

    10. The White House spans six floors and includes 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases, and three elevators.
    9. The White House has an exterior and interior swimming pool. The indoor pool, completed in 1933, is underneath the current James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.
    8. Open staff positions within the White House are never advertised. All employees are hired via word-of-mouth or recommended by current and former employees. As a result, many employees belong to families that have been working in the White House for generations.
    7. A blaze on Christmas Eve in 1929 gutted parts of the West Wing and Oval Office during Herbert Hoover’s Administration. The blaze was started by a blocked fireplace flue.
    6. At the end of each month, the president receives a bill for his and his family’s food and personal expenses including dry cleaning, toothpaste and toiletries, which is then deducted from his salary.
    5. The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface. It is generally repainted every four to six years.
    4. President George Washington oversaw construction of the White House, but never lived there. It was our second president, John Adams, elected in 1796, who first lived in the White House. His term was almost over by the time he moved in, and only six rooms had been finished.
    3. The White House receives approximately 6,000 visitors a day.
    2. With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d’oeuvres to more than 1,000.
    1. In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to use a phone in the White House. His phone number was simply “1”.

  3. I am blaming the minus 14 degree temperature in Omaha this morning for causing brain freeze because I couldn’t get the puzzle answer for the first time in a long time. Looks like a lot of folks had no problem. My back up excuse is that the anagrams were so easy that I became frustrated. Curious as to why George H.W. Bush is posed in a wheelchair. He was very upright in 1988. Stay warm and stay safe.

  4. Good morning. Breezed through the words but had some trouble with the cartoon answer. But I finally succeeded after seeing the ing. Thanks Mike on your interesting facts. Until tomorrow stay well and stay safe.

  5. The word sprain could also be aspirin. It’s one of the few words that can be either way. The word often can be the word fonte.

  6. Good Morning, Everyone. I hope this finds you well…🙋🏻‍♀️

    🇺🇸 When FDR took office, in 1933…
    The updated Oval Office was top priority
    He didn’t have a KITTEN, but instead Fala the dog,
    But that was 1940, when the puppy came along
    The Oval Office GIANT, so the wheelchair could move free,
    No chance of bumping someone, causing SPRAIN to some degree…
    And I THINK Eric Gugler, despite government red tape,
    Got ‘round things very nicely…as it all was TAKING SHAPE! 🇺🇸

  7. I always enjoy these historical Jumbles and your facts too, Mike. My first idea was to work with ght, but then, like Paul and Mike, I noticed the ING ending. Wishing all a great day – and not too bad weather.

  8. I,too,noticed the ing ending first,which led to the first word taking in the cartoon answer,quickly followed by the complete taking shape solution.Sprain looked like parsnip ,at first,but lacked the second p.-3 here in WCentral Illinois,w classes cancelled at the WIU campus.In over 30 years of teaching there,I can only recall classes being cancelled only once or twice.

  9. The words took about 20 minutes and the puzzle about 5 minutes. Near the end of my cup of coffee…..I love when I finish the puzzle before I finish my coffee. 😁

  10. 🐈 Awakening from the nightmare about the GIANT KITTEN, I leapt out of bed, resulting in a SPRAIN to my ankle, which I now THINK is TAKING SHAPE to look like a grapefruit…🐈

    🤷🏻‍♀️ The KITTEN climbed the GIANT fence, and fell upon the ground,
    Resulting in an injured paw, a SPRAIN…so it was bound…
    The vet said it would heal in time…the cat seems so blasé,
    It’s hard to tell if it’s in pain, to me it looks ok…
    I wish I knew what it might THINK, it does bite at the tape…
    I have no choice, but wait and see if it is TAKING SHAPE…🤷🏻‍♀️

  11. I too thought of parsnip first but that didn’t work. Figured that “ing” would be the ending and the first word might be shaping but then switched to taking and shape fell into place. Like Caroline, I enjoy these historical puzzles. Hope all of you stay warm in that super cold weather. 14 degrees? Ouch. 🥶. You’re super hardy folks! Have a good President’s day by George!

    • By George, 🇺🇸 indeed! 👏🏻👏🏻! We went from 11° to 28° a little while ago…It won’t last for long, but I appreciate the heat wave! Tks for the well wishes, Betty. Be well and stay safe. 🥶🙋🏻‍♀️

  12. Hi all – Almost got stuck ‘AGAIN’ on GIANT, but I guess I’ve finally seen it enough. Then like others I saw PARSNIP before SPRAIN, and the double letter trick showed KITTEN quickly. For the answer I thought COMING AROUND but otherwise had no idea until I wrote the letters and saw TAKING SHAPE right away (the ING made it easier).

    I saw some of these and other interesting facts when I was reading Wikipedia recently about the Resolute Desk currently in the Oval Office (it was re-discovered in the White House by Jackie Kennedy, forgotten, neglected and covered in trash.)

    Good wishes to everyone, especially those of you in the deep freeze.

    “He didn’t THINK his idea of catching and adopting the stray KITTEN was TAKING SHAPE very well, but he also didn’t THINK he’d SPRAIN his ankle like he did tripping on a GIANT tree root while trying to catch him.”

    • GIANT was my stumper too! It took a good 2-3 minutes before finally coming into view.

      Interesting info on the Resolute Desk. I learned that there’s a trap door under the desk that the president can make an escape through in case of an emergency.

      Have a great week, Steve!

    • Giant…not just here, but in the other puzzles too, right? But as to the solve…2 big hints…One in the dialogue, “curved”, and again in the question…”Oval” = SHAPE! The forest for the Sequoia trees…😉 😂 And Kudos on working the solve into your sentence! 👏🏻👏🏻. Well done, mon frère! 🙋🏻‍♀️

  13. I got the words without any problems. For the answer, I saw ING, so found taking. With the letters left, I found phase. TAKING PHASE didn’t make sense, so I stared at it for a bit and saw SHAPE. It seems that for answers that have more than one jumble that makes a word, I see the wrong permutation first, then fix it.

  14. No anagram difficulties for me; the J solution took longer…. Thanks for your info, Mike, always interesting! FDR is President associated with a wheel chair so I assumed that right away. Interesting cartoon and good start to the week. See you on the morrow…..

  15. Got the answer, though couldn’t figure what was clever about it so, thank you for “oval”. I too saw “parsnip”. Have a great day, MERRY VALENTINE! seriously, take care, stay well!

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